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Congenital Heart Defects and Cleft Palate
Studies and surveys of patients suffering from a range of congenital defects and health problems show at least some correlation between congenital heart defects such as atrial septal defect and cleft palate. While there is no single link that puts these together, indicators show that some of the same factors that put children at risk for one type of defect make them more susceptible to another birth defect.
What is a congenital heart defect? Congenital means that the condition exists at birth and is generally the result of an interruption during or error in the normal fetal development process. Atrial septal defect is one example of this possibility. In this defect, a hole remains in the wall that sits between the upper chambers or atria of the heart. This hole allows for blood to move to the right chamber of the heart from the left, and then on to the lungs. This puts blood that already has oxygen in a place where blood that needs oxygen is going. The end result is a dangerous pressure on the heart as it pumps blood where it shouldn’t be going, along with dangerous pressure on the lungs from an over-supply of blood.
What is a cleft palate? A cleft palate is a deformity in the roof of the mouth. It is also a congenital birth defect, sometimes visible via ultrasound before birth. It often occurs in conjunction with a cleft lip, which is more visible during an ultrasound and immediately at birth. A cleft palate can cause an infant to struggle with both feeding and breathing, making treatment a vital priority. Surgery is usually the only avenue for repair, but until the child is old enough for this (usually by the time he or she is 2 years old) assistive breathing and eating devices may be needed.
The correlation between these two congenital birth defects has been noted by the CDC and professional agencies such as the Tufts-New England Medical Center. In fact, these agencies support the idea that the presence of a cleft palate increases the likelihood by ten times that the patient will also have a congenital heart defect.
Adequate prenatal care is one of the most essential components when it comes to both diagnosing these conditions and creating effective treatment plans. Teams of medical specialists, including cardiologists, plastic surgeons, nutritionists, and others will all be part of the treatment plans. In cases where cleft palates or other birth defects are not visible, it is more likely that atrial septal defects will go undiagnosed until the patient is older. This makes the damages to the heart and lungs potentially more severe.